I have never had the flu shot and neither have my children or DH. However, I do believe in being able to fire someone for whatever reason an employer sees fit. I believe that it is well known that nurses are required to get a flu shot. If that is something that is morally objectionable to you, then that is probably not a good field for you to be in.
I am well aware of how the flu is spread. I just do not believe that the flu shot is the end all be all for flu prevention. In the ICU at the hospital here the nurses wash before they come in the room, glove up and put on a mask every time. (actually I think they do this in all the rooms during flu season)
I just dont see how taking away her choice here is okay, especially if she is willing to take extra precaution to protect her patients.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
It has nothing to do with taking away her choices it's about keeping the patients (and there family's that visit) healthy and most importantly alive. There are already over 3,000 cases of the flu being reported for this yr, and it's only going to get worse.
Where i worked, if you didn't take the shot they only made you sign a waiver.
My DH works in our local hospital, and it's mandated that all healthcare workers get the flu shot, and if they chose not to, then they are required to wear face masks and gloves (new gloves obviously for each patient).
I actually think this provides an even higher level of protection, because a new patient can be admitted and have already come into contact with the flu. Not all nurses wear gloves (in fact, unless you're going into a highly contagious room or doing blood work, around here almost no nurses wear gloves), so by requiring nurses to change gloves in between seeing every patient, it's preventing the nurses from spreading the flu from patient to patient.
The flu shot may give individual immunity, but it doesn't stop the germs from living on your hands/clothing, etc and passing to someone else.
And as for cost......well, I'm Canadian, so the cost is paid for by the hospital.
Here nurses who choose not to get the flu shot here have to wear mask and gloves, and a badge that says they didnt have it. Honestly these are precations I think every nurse should take anyways, and the flu shot shouldnt determine employment. Both my parents got the flu shot this year, and both got the flu. We shouldnt rely so heavily on something that isnt very reliable in my opinion. And they should have found another place for this woman. 22 years ago when she got her job the flu shot wasnt available, let alone required!
Mom to Arianna (5), Conner (3) and Trent (my baby)
For most jobs, I would agree that her bodily automy is more important. It would be an outrage if my company fired me over refusing to get a flu shot. However, she works with critically ill patients who may well have compromised immune systems. To me, that comes with special obligations and responsibilities over and above what most of us deal with. Part of that is doing everything reasonable to minimize the risk of infection to these crically ill patients. Getting a flu shot falls well within the limits of "reasonable" unless she has a valid medical reason not to, IMO.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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